Analytics and Interview

On 16 January 2015 late in the evening the website of the Ministry of Justice published a statement that the NGO Committee Against Torture had been added to the register of non-profit organizations designated as ‘foreign agents’.
Tanya Lokshina is the Russia program director at Human Rights Watch and Honorary Participant of International Youth Human Rights Movement: As the crisis in Ukraine escalated this spring, the Kremlin’s vicious crackdown on civil society also escalated. Space for independent civic activity in Russia is shrinking dramatically, but international policymakers and the media have been understandably too distracted to do much about it. Since early spring, it seems as though every week brings a new pernicious law or legislative proposal.
Earlier this year, the correspondent of Youth Human Rights Movement from Germany Jakob Stürmann interviewed Konstantin Baranov, member of the Coordination Council of the International Youth Human Rights Movement. They discussed so called “law against homosexual propaganda” and the overall situation of LGBT in Russia.  

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Oleg Sentsov, Olexander Kolchenko, Hennadiy Afanasiev and Oleksiy Chyrniy have been held in Russian jails for two years already under fabricated charges of ‘terrorism’. We consider it being necessary to express solidarity with those who are persecuted due to their pro-Ukrainian views, civic stand and desire for freedom in Russia-annexed Crimea.
Helsinki Committee of Armenia has published “Human Rights in Armenia 2014” Annual Report. The report reflects on the Right to Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and Association, Torture, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment, Political Persecutions, Freedom of Conscience and Religion, The Rights of the Child, Protection of Labor Rights.
«We have a few questions for you,» a border guard told Sinaver Kadyrov, a Crimean Tatar activist, at the Armyansk checkpoint in northern Crimea on Jan. 23. Kadyrov was on his way to Kherson, in southern Ukraine, to fly to Turkey for medical treatment. It was the beginning of an ordeal that ended with a local court expelling him from Crimea, his home of almost 25 years.

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority It is time to sit back and reflect.

Mark Twain


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Moscow Helsinki Group Awards Announced


Among the winners of the 2010 Moscow Helsinki Group awards are writer Viktor Shenderovich, Yury Shmidt, one of Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s lawyers, and Evgeniya Chirikova, leader of the Movement to Defend Khimki Forest.

As reports, Viktor Shenderovich received the award for defending human rights through culture and art.

Evgeniya Chirikova received her award for defending social rights and the interests of local communities.

Yury Shmidt was awarded for his historical contribution to the protection of human rights and the human rights movement.

Human rights defender Vadim Karastelev who has represented the interests of former police officer Aleksei Dymovsky, received an award for courage shown in defence of human rights.

Other recipients of the Moscow Helsinki Group awards were Zoya Svetova, Liubov Volkova, Anatoly Kononov, Magomed Mutsolgov, Sergei Buryanov and Ella Polyakova.

Ludmila Alekseeva, head of the Moscow Helsinki Group,expressed the hope that the awards would become a regular annual event, Interfax reports.

In 2009 the Moscow Helsinki Group awarded the musician Yury Shevchuk and human rights defender Natalya Estemirova. The award to Natalya Estemirova was made posthumously.